FIRMS in East Lancashire are being urged to forge links with universities to develop new products and services.

The Teaching Company Scheme acts as a broker between companies and universities and to date more than 2,000 businesses have taken advantage of it. Now ELTEC is encouraging East Lancashire firms to find out more about the scheme and a seminar is being staged at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, on February 9 when the potential benefits will be outlined.

Representatives of Apeks Marine Equipment of Blackburn will detail how the scheme has benefited them.

"The scheme enables firms to carry out specific projects with high calibre graduates who are supported by academic experts," said Paul Heald, ELTEC's organisational development director.

"It is aimed at all types of companies and gives them access to the sort of technology and expertise which is often not available in-house."

Further details on the scheme are available from Dorret Sampson on 01254 616269.

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